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New evidence casts doubt in Lockerbie case

04-03-2012 16:36

This documentary film investigates the case against Abdel Baset al-Megrahi, the convicted Lockerbie bomber, and finds new evidence to suggest that he and Libya may have fallen victim to a huge miscarriage of justice.

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Boat Dwellers in Oxford under threat

04-03-2012 14:27

Information to help boat dwellers whose homes are threatened by the Unlawfully Moored Boats Enforcement Group

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Major Disapointment In Rochdale

04-03-2012 12:54

Fascists dominate Heywood

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Informal Anarchist Federation solidarity sabotage (Indonesia)

04-03-2012 12:06

news of a action by Vandals for Solidarity Cell - International Conspiracy of Revenge / FAI in Gorontalo, Northern Sulawesi, Indonesia - reposted from

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March against “slave labour” targets big employers still backing ‘workfare’ after government U-turn

04-03-2012 08:46

Outside McDonalds
Protesters gathered outside businesses on Lewisham High Street on Saturday as part of a national demonstration against the government’s mandatory work experience schemes.

The march targeted shops said to be involved in ‘workfare’, including McDonalds, Boots, Greggs, BHS and Primark, in an attempt to pressurise them to pull out of the schemes.

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Sheffield Workfare Protest

03-03-2012 23:23

On Saturday 3rd March protestors in Sheffield gathered on Devonshire Green, were ejected from Tescos on West Street, and then proceeded to make a noise and leaflet outside Marks and Spencers, McDonalds and Primark.

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It's not Greece. It's Capitalism, stupid!

03-03-2012 22:41

The Greek crisis provides the best evidence that the Capitalist model of governance has utterly failed and must be overthrown. By Nicolas Mottas

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ProtectTheWilderness Next Public meeting 8th @the Wilderness during RTF

03-03-2012 22:12

Following the Protect The Wilderness Public meeting held at the Miners Welfare Hall on Thursday 1st.

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Val di Susa in every city! NO TAV updates (Italy)

03-03-2012 22:07

The last 10 days or so have seen a massive shift in the NO TAV struggle, with the state now trying to repress the movement more openly than ever: evictions, police beatings, and the government’s terror propaganda. Here’s a look at recent events:

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EDL fail in Walsall

03-03-2012 21:28

For the past month the EDL's youth division have been threatening to unleash a violent demo on Walsall on 3rd March. Richard Johnson the main organiser of the demo and member of the youth division who lives in Rushall, West Midlands, claimed he couldn’t wait to 'smash the dirty curry munchers'. Another member Mart Bradders who refers to the local Muslim community as 'dirty pakies' threatened to bring pigs blood. Johnson claimed he'd ideally like 300 people to show up but expected the numbers to be more like 60-100. The actual turnout must have been a big disappointment for him then.

The following pictures are screen-shots of EDL members facebook pages taken from EDL News

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oxford street workfare protests this morning

03-03-2012 20:55

a few dozen protestors targetted a range of high street outlets at lunchtime today, highlighting the businesses that exploit workfare labour, paying nothing for workers forced into modern slavery under threat of losing benefits. police attempted to stop activists from entering any of the businesses in a cat and mouse game over a couple of hours.

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at 11.30 this morning a group of protestors assembled outside the bhs store in oxford street and listened to some opening speeches. shortly before noon, two black and white 'BW' (boycott workfare) flags led the way to the first target of the day, while a dozen or so police ran alongside trying to second guess which shops would be hit.

the first target was a pizza hut, where the crowd, with numbers gradually swelling, blocked the entrance to the shop with banners and their bodies, while an open mic allowed people to explain the issues to passers-by. loads of leaflets were also handed out throughout the actions.

after about ten minutes, the group moved on. police were consulting their own maps of possible targets, with some officers running along to the next one at each stage.

passing the holland & barrett shop, where two officers were already stationed, the next protest was at mcdonalds, where a handful of protestors entered but were swiftly ejected by police. the white flags set off again east quite soon, and police ran ahead, but suddenly the crowd turned back and this time managed to get a few more activists into the same mcdonalds branch. police were quite heavy-handed protecting the business and once again robustly ejecting any of the peaceful demonstrators from inside, as well as man-handling an impromptu sit-down at the entrance.

after a few minutes there, the group set off west again, this time stopping at holland & barrett, and then breaking into a run, which a few of the cops seemed to find quite challenging. indeed, getting ahead, a few activists managed to enter the pizza hut which was revisited and closed for a while once more.

next, the flaggers headed west again, apparently passing the 'plaza mall', but in another twist, suddenly people ran into this shopping centre, aiming for another pizza hut outlet. a couple of police lashed out indiscriminately at the front of the crowd, and it got a bit messy for a while. despite the fact that the ukuncut and boycott workfare protests have continually proved to have peaceful intent, it's disappointing that some of the cops are so quick to resort to violence just to protect the corporate businesses that are shafting us all. others, however are clearly quite sanguine about it, and my own experience is that more and more police are willing to express their own doubts and disillusionment - something which used to be far more rare.

onwards to the west of oxford circus, and an attempt on a mcdonalds there was thwarted by an advance police presence. the crowd by now had also swelled to around a hundred.

once again, the white flags led the way, this time to the north, away from oxford street. the next target turned out to be the welbeck street holiday inn, where we heard of their past practice of hiring precarious migrant workers, who had to put up with very poor conditions and wages under the threat that they'd be shopped to the authorities if they didn't accept the abuse. now, the same chain is using the free labour provided by government welfare schemes. a few protestors had managed to enter the hotel ahead of the main crowd. after police crowded the steps of the entrance, these protestors were once again literally thrown out of the hotel and pushed down the steps into the crowd.

there were some final speeches, and a smaller crowd headed off along oxford street while most split up and went their different ways.

despite the police violence, there didn't appear to have been any arrests today.

follow ukuncut and boycottworkfare for future campaigns.

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Boycott Workfare Demonstration Report

03-03-2012 20:53

Today in Birmingham, around 50 people gathered to demonstrate against the government’s workfare schemes, which see people forced to work for up to 6 months in order to keep their benefits for hugely profitable companies. This was part of a national day of action, organised by Boycott Workfare, which saw over 40 towns and cities around the UK take to the high street to tell companies to leave the schemes.

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Daily Mail perpetuates the black mercenary myth in coverage of abuse of caged bl

03-03-2012 18:56

A shocking video that shows Libyan NATO backed rebels torturing a group of black Libyan detainees. Not surprisingly the Daily Mail describes the detainees them as black mercenaries.
The presence of ‘African mercenaries’ in Libya was a lie used by NATO and their mouthpieces in the mainstream media to de-legitimise and demonise the Libyan government and cover up the mass racist lynchings, torture and imprisonment of black Libyans and migrant workers by the ‘rebels’.

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radio kebele feb/march show out now!

03-03-2012 14:55

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Whistleblower's CCTV evidence WTC rigged to blow a fortnight before 9/11

03-03-2012 12:22

Friday Drivetime - BCfm’s weekly politics show
At five: discussing the big stories in Bristol, Britain and around the world
After six: straight talking and investigative reports with Martin Summers and Marina Morris

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Bristol Indymedia Film Night! Forgotten Bird of Paradise, with Director for Q&A

03-03-2012 10:55

Forgotten Bird of Paradise is a 2009 documentary by British filmmaker Dominic Brown, when he travelled to West Papua without the permission of the Indonesian authorities, putting himself in great danger. This documentary will be shown on 5th March at 8pm at the Cube cinema, Dove St, Bristol, BS2 8JD £4 entry (though nobody refused for lack of funds).
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Still from Forgotten Bird of Paradise
Forgotten Bird of Paradise is a 2009 documentary by British filmmaker Dominic Brown, when he travelled to West Papua without the permission of the Indonesian authorities, putting himself in great danger. It provides a rare and moving insight into the forgotten struggle for independence that has gripped West Papua for nearly 50 years. The film's director will be at the event for a Q&A after the screening.

The documentary features an interview with Yusak Package, a high profile West Papuan political campaigner recognised by Amnesty International as a 'prisoner of concience'. He is currently serving a ten year prison sentence for raising a West Papuan flag during a ceremony in 2004. The interview was recorded in secret, whilst Yusak was in hospital receiving treatment for torture injuries.

The film also shows other human rights victims and political prisoners and never seen before footage of OPM rebels in their jungle stronghold, and discusses recent developments in the international arena, including the launch if the International Parliamentarians for West Papua with the aim of giving the West Papuan people their long-lost right to self-determination.

This is a world where ancient traditions and culture lives on in the modern age. Above all it shows a remarkable resilience of a people oppressed under Indonesian rule, but whos determination for freedom burns stronger now than at any time in history. Finally now their cries are beginning to be heard.

Bristol Indymedia are excited to bring you at least one speaker (hopefully two!), Benny Wenda who is a Free West Papua campaigner and his friend Serogo - a West Papuan refugee and the filmmaker, Dominic Brown.

This documentary will be shown at 8pm at the Cube cinema, Dove St, Bristol, BS2 8JD £4 entry (though nobody refused for lack of funds).


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The Shame of Portsmouth Water - The Scandal of Havant & Waterlooville FC

03-03-2012 05:22

Portsmouth Nazi Watch were disgusted to be forwarded the comments being made by 45-year-old Portsmouth Water supervisor Steven Clarke, a Leigh Park member of Portsmouth North East Division of the English Defence League [EDL].

Our disgust turned to shock when we discovered this diminutive ex-657 crew football hooligan has been allowed to propagate and spread his insidious and vile views to impressionable young boys as young as an official coach for Havant & Waterlooville Football Club.

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North West Antifa Appeal

02-03-2012 20:20

An appeal to all antifascists and anti-racists.
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